Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
Groups Come Out in Support of Temporary IoH Bill
Over a half-dozen farm and industry groups are already expressing their support for a new bill that would establish an 18-month moratorium on the enforcement of weight limits against large agricultural equipment that travels on Wisconsin roadways.
March 7, 2014 – Wisconsin Ag Connection
New Hampshire close to first gas tax-hike in 20 years
A bill that would raise the gas tax in New Hampshire 4.2 cents in the second half of 2014 passed through the Senate Ways and Means Committee by a vote of 4-1 on Tuesday. If the bill is made into law, it would be the state's first gas tax hike in two decades.
March 5, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
Foxx stays aggressive with transportation budget request
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx praised the Obama administration's vision for transportation as outlined in his $90.9 billion budget requested for the U.S. DOT.
March 4, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
Rep. Ballweg Has Concerns with Current IoH Legislation
A rural Wisconsin lawmaker says she agrees that something needs to be done to clarify the rights farmers have on the roadways when transporting large farm equipment, but Rep. Joan Ballweg is not sold on the current Implements of Husbandry bill before the legislature.
March 4, 2014 – Wisconsin Ag Connection
Shuster, Boxer say highway bill is about jobs
Rep Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), both chair of their respective chamber's transportation committee, on Thursday each reiterated President Obama's message that the new highway bill is about job creation and retention.
March 2, 2014 – Better Roads
Shuster: Obama, Camp transport proposals 'encouraging'
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said he was "encouraged" by President Obama and Rep. Dave Camp's (R-Mich.) proposals for increasing transportation funding that were released earlier this week.
February 27, 2014 – The Hill
Boxer: 'We need to save the Highway Trust Fund'
The chairwoman of the Senate committee that oversees transportation projects said Wednesday that lawmakers need to act quickly to "save" the Highway Trust Fund from insolvency.
February 26, 2014 – The Hill
Obama: Tax overhaul should fund transportation projects
President Obama will propose Wednesday a four-year, $302 billion highway bill that would be half funded by a corporate tax overhaul that Senate leaders have already said is unlikely to pass this year.
February 26, 2014 – USA Today
DOT: Consult with local towns on weight permits
If the Wisconsin Legislature fails to act on a bill updating Department of Transportation rules for farm equipment relating to weight limits and size, farmers and custom operators still have work to do. That's the view of Rory Rhinesmith, a deputy administrator with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
February 24, 2014 – The Country Today
Ag Groups: Japan Offer On TPP Unacceptable To U.S. Agriculture
If the United States accepts the offer Japan has made as part of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, it would be a radical departure from previous U.S. free trade agreements and set an unacceptable precedent for future trade deals, according to a coalition of agricultural organizations.
February 22, 2014 – USAgnet
Farmers concerned about safe travels while on road
When farmers checked out the latest tractors, tillage equipment and planters at the recent National Farm Machinery Show here, they weren't looking only at cost and performance in the field. Many were also thinking about how road-worthy the equipment would be as they travel from farm to farm.
February 20, 2014 – Iowa Farmer Today
DOT's Foxx Calls For Long-Term Transportation Bill
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is taking an ambitious approach to the next surface-transportation bill, due later this year, saying that "a one- or two-year Band-Aid won't cut it this time."
February 20, 2014 – ENR
TransCanada Pipeline Route Through Nebraska Ruled Illegal
TransCanada Corp. (TRP)'s Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska was ruled illegal by a state court judge who found the Public Service Commission, not the governor, has the power to decide the matter.
February 19, 2014 – Bloomberg
Center for American Progress: TEA Act 'misguided'
The liberal Center for American Progress is criticizing Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) for his proposal to eliminate the federal gas tax.
February 19, 2014 – The Hill
Falcone's LightSquared Files New Reorganization Plan
LightSquared Inc., whose owner Philip Falcone fought a takeover bid from Dish Network Corp. (DISH) Chairman Charles Ergen, proposed a new reorganization plan that could allow the wireless broadband company to exit bankruptcy as a stand-alone.
February 15, 2014 – Bloomberg
U.S. business, labor leaders urge Congress to raise gas tax
U.S. business and labor leaders urged Congress on Wednesday to raise the federal gasoline tax to prevent a fund that pays for road and bridge projects from running out of money as early as September.
February 12, 2014 – Reuters
Timmons Testifies at Senate Infrastructure Hearing
NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons today urged Congress to fulfill its well-established responsibility of facilitating commerce in the United States by returning to a fully-funded, multiyear surface transportation authorization.
February 12, 2014 – Shopfloor
Rhode Island transportation bill would raise $1 billion for highways, ban bridge tolls
A proposed bill to raise transportation for Rhode Island's highways and infrastructure would also ban tolls on some bridges.
February 12, 2014 – Better Roads
Highway Trust Fund Fix Will Be "Painful Scenario" Without New Revenue, ARTBA Tells Senate Committee
Fixing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) without generating any new revenue would require the equivalent of Congress passing and the president signing a 2013-level Murray-Ryan budget deal every year just to maintain current highway and transit program investment levels, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President Pete Ruane Feb. 12 told a Senate panel.
February 12, 2014 – forconstructionpros.com
NSSGA Submits Comments to OSHA
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) filed formal comments with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the agency's proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
February 12, 2014 – Rock Products